The Wonderful World of Kinyarwanda

Posted: May 17, 2012 in Publications
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I present to you a book that I published (printed and photocopied) about 12 years ago in Rwanda. It was beautifully written and illustrated by a very good friend of mine, Patrick Longstaff, and edited by myself and my student (and teacher) Jean-Baptiste Ndikubwimana.

It was the first ever English-Kinyarwanda phrase/grammar book ever printed, and still is as far as I know. It was designed to help incoming VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) volunteers grapple the linguistic quirks of the national language of the Land of a Thousand Hills.

Soon bootleg copies were being passed around local church missions, charity organisations and the UN.

Due to popular demand, I decided to publish it on-line for the first time after digging out a dusty old copy from the attic and scannning it for your downloading pleasure.

Feel free to distribute this to all who are interested.

Murakoze cyane cyane na mugende n’amahoro.

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Comments
  1. Chris Heap says:

    So pleased that this gem is getting a wider airing. There has never been anything quite like it, and I STILL use it!

    • insiderphil says:

      Thanks Chris! It only took me 12 years to scan and publish it! I was waiting for the technology to catch up. Thanks to Sarah Kakooza for asking me for a copy.

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